This month, Kristian Kabuay is releasing his new book titled Sulat ng Kaluluwa meaning Writing of the Soul. It is a collaboration of artwork and stories from the Filipino diaspora. A word/name is chosen, and person shares a story about it and Kabuay creates Baybayin art based on that word. Get your printed or kindle copy at amazon.com.
At the recent retreat-conference Katutubong Binhi I met and caught up with Kabuay and got a personal copy. I started reading this simple but wonderful book—full of personal stories, that come in a range of ironic, painful, humorous and/or deep, and shared by Filipinos around the world. Artfully illustrated with Kabuay’s handwritten baybayin and includes photos of the storytellers.
I submitted a story with the word tagipusuon meaning “deep from the heart.”
Cabuay(at the time) and I connected during the early days of the web, circa 1998, when he was sharing his thoughts on colonial mentality on geocities and I was publishing the stereotype-busting site of NewFilipina.com, the first online community for and by Filipinas (a pioneering kick-ass Filipina site that WAS NOT a mail-order-bride site!)